| From andrevdh
| Tue, 28 Aug 2007 18:44:51 +0000
| Subject: [Audacity-help] DID, NOW IT DOESN'T.
| My Audacity ( Version 1.2.4, ) program has worked like a dream
| in the past. A month has gone by since I last touched it. Now I
| can't hear or see any recording taking place, yet everything seems
| to be just the way I left it before. Is there a phone number I could
| call and go over the settings with a technician verbally? Otherwise,
| thank you for a great program.
Please upgrade to Audacity 1.2.6:
Unfortunately there is no telephone support as this is a free program staffed
entirely by volunteers.
Go to the Audio I/O tab of Audacity Preferences and explicitly select the
"Recording Device" that you are using. If you are plugging a microphone
or line-in input directly into the back of the computer, this will probably be
your built-in sound device or soundcard. If you are connecting a USB device
to the computer such as a USB soundcard, microphone or turntable, the
"Recording Device" will appear as "USB Audio Codec" or similar. Explicitly
select the "Playback Device" that you have your speakers or headphones
plugged into. Do not choose "Microsoft Sound Mapper" for either the
recording or playback device if you are on Windows.
If you want to hear what you are recording, and your playback and recording
devices are different, you need to enable "software playthrough" on this
same Audio I/O tab. If the playback and recording devices are the same, then
try "hardware playthrough" if you are on OS X, or on Windows and Linux,
enable hardware playthrough via the system mixer as described here:
If you are on Windows Vista, you must choose any specified input you
need along with the recording device on the same Audio I/O tab e.g.
"Microphone: High Definition Device". If you are on some version of
Windows other than Vista, you now need to choose the input you need in
the dropdown selector of the Mixer Toolbar:
If your recording device on the Audio I/O tab of Preferences is a USB single
purpose recording device such as a USB turntable or microphone, then the
Mixer Toolbar dropdown selector will be greyed out - this is normal and you
can ignore this step. If you are recording from such a USB device and find on
Windows that you have no sound in applications other than Audacity, you may
have to go to the system mixer and reset the default system playback device
to your inbuilt sound. Please see Section 6 of this page for instructions how to
do this (which apply to all similar USB recording devices):
Should you be on OS X, the dropdown selector will also probably be greyed
out. On OS X you must in addition to the above instructions click on the Mac
hard disk and then on Applications > Utilities > Audio-MIDI Setup. Click on
the "Audio Devices" tab and make sure on the left-hand side that your required
recording device is selected in the "Default Input" and "Properties for"
dropdowns, and that in Audio Input under that, the "source" is correctly set.
If you are on OS X 10.1 or earlier, there is no Audio-MIDI Setup and you have
to select the correct recording device and input source in Apple Menu > System
Preferences > Sound.
Irrespective of your operating system, please make sure on the Mixer Toolbar
that the right-hand input volume slider (by the microphone symbol) is turned
up (but note that the input slider does not work with most USB turntables).
If you are on Windows or Linux and after following the above instructions are
unable to select the input on the Mixer Toolbar dropdown selector as you
should be able to (or if it appears to be selected but won't record), please go
to this page:
and click the link you see for your particular operating system e.g. Windows.
If you have any further questions after reviewing the above information,
please let us know:
* what operating system you are on (e.g. Windows XP, OS X 10.4, and if you
are on OS X, whether you have an Intel Mac or Power PC).
* what source you are recording from and how it is connected to the
computer (e.g. USB turntable, microphone plugged into a mixer connected
to line-in of the computer).
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Tested on: 8/28/2007 9:38:50 PM